Need an extra unit to graduate? Give us two days.

These courses are designed to allow SDSU undergraduate students to earn extra units for graduation while at the same time learning about the latest trends and hot topics in a variety of areas. Courses are currently offered in political science, public administration, and sociology. Each course consists of only two class meetings; typically a Friday/Saturday combination. Community members are also welcome to enroll.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
2 Days
Course Format Course Format
In Person

Courses meet on the SDSU campus. Classroom numbers are listed with each course.

Courses typically meet on a Friday evening and all day on Saturday of the following week. Specific start and end times vary. These courses are offered during the fall and spring terms. Additional courses may be added throughout the semester; check back for updates.

Course Level
These are undergraduate, upper-division courses. Each course is one unit.

Grading is on a Credit/No Credit basis. No letter grades will be assigned. Students must attend all meetings and complete all assignments to receive credit.

You may register online, by phone, by mail, or in person at the SDSU Global Campus Registration Office in the Gateway Center, facing Hardy Avenue.

Be sure to register early; courses may be cancelled if there are not enough students enrolled. Check with your advisor to confirm if a course meets your degree requirements.


Transferring Credit
Students from other universities should first check with their school to make sure these units will transfer. Approval is up to the receiving institution.

For more information, please contact or call (619) 594-1188.


Student Success Stories

Professor Murren has real-world experience that he applied to this course to make it very interesting! I loved how it was a quick and easy way to get my one credit I needed to graduate. I definitely feel more informed now about best practices in regard to international development.

— Kaitlin Mayfield

I really enjoyed the course [Use of Mediation in Police Work]; it helped me graduate on time. The instructor was amazing. I learned way more than I expected — how mediation is used in many different settings such as large events like marches and speaking engagements. We learned the steps to mediation, then role-played how to mediate in particular situations. I highly recommend a one-unit course to anyone who is looking for one more unit.

— Shelby Brown

I took a one-unit sociology class with Professor Justin Brooks [Wrongful Convictions]. It was by far the best class I have taken at San Diego State. He offered refreshing viewpoints regarding our criminal justice system while ensuring that his students were informed and entertained. I HIGHLY recommend his class to any and all majors. He is profound and the class is a 10.

— Jade Settoon


2020 Spring2020 Summer2020 Fall
CJ 0596.03 Prisons and People Behind Bars
This course provides an overview of institutional practices and policies with an emphasis on contemporary corrections and prison life. Students will learn about the prison experience, special populations, and the impact of incarceration on communities, families, and prison staff. The course will include developments in California and reform efforts in other states.
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CJ 0596.05 The Criminal Courts
This course will focus on the American court system and how cases move through the criminal justice system from beginning to end. We will follow the typical path of felony cases from the crime itself to the beginning stages of a criminal court case, plea bargaining, and all aspects of jury trials and sentencing. Material will include roles of the lawyers, judges, reformation efforts, and some of the biggest changes to have occurred in criminal law over the past 30 years.
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Kathleen Lewis
CJ 0596.06 Local Government Administration
This course examines local government administration in the United States. We will discuss the political, legal, and managerial principles that drive the development and implementation of public policy in American cities. Scholarly writing and news coverage of current events will guide our examination of the actors, institutions, and complex relationships that define the subject. As many of these concepts are illuminated by local events, where possible we will focus on the City and County of San Diego Together we will consider several topics, including direct democracy; redistricting; race, class and ethnicity; and urban service delivery.
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Joshua Chanin
P A 0496.01 Introduction to Emergency Management
Overview of emergency management disciplines, including hazards and risk assessment, mitigation, preparedness, communications, response, recovery and international disaster management.
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P A 0496.04 Use of Mediation in Police Work
Students will demonstrate understanding of the value of mediation in police work. Mediators have been used effectively as intermediaries between officers and protestors, as facilitators in police interaction with the community and as mediators in disputes between citizens and officers. Mediators are also a valuable resource for officers who respond to civil, rather than criminal calls.
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P A 0496.05 Gender Violence in the United States
This class is an in-dept study of physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse in the United States. This course will not only focuses on women as victims of gender violence, but on same-sex partners as well as women as offenders. Two days devoted to his topic cannot be 'comprehensive' because the amount and forms of abuse are myriad. The goal is to (1) provide an overview into many facets of the problem, theories, and appropriate responses; (2) take an in depth look at the various types of 'gender violence' (intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, stalking, human trafficking, etc) as well as the perpetrators of these crimes; and (3) examine some of the larger cultural contexts within which the varieties of the abuse occur.
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Desire Anastasia
POL S 0496.5 Negotiation & Mediation: Theory & Practice
This course examines dispute resolution processes outside of, or supplemental to, the civil trial system with particular emphasis on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as dispute resolution mechanisms. This examination includes a study of the procedures and dynamics associated with each mechanism as well as an overview of the pertinent legal framework. A particular focus is on the skills dimension, and students will participate in a number of simulation exercises designed to assist in the development of the lawyering skills associated with each process.
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Luca DalPubel
POL S0496.04 What is International Development?
Various theories and practices of international development are utilized everyday to address poverty, hunger, lack of water, and other challenges experienced by billions of people. This course provides an overview of theories, practices, critiques, and case studies/projects that the instructor has worked on in his fifteen-year career in international environment development.
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James Murren